Literacy

Literacy

Does Reading a Single Passage of Literary Fiction Really Improve Theory of Mind? (NO)

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:40
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Fiction simulates the social world and invites us into the minds of characters. This has led various researchers to suggest that reading fiction improves our understanding of others’ cognitive and emotional states. Kidd and Castano (2013) received a great deal of attention by providing support for this claim. Their article reported that reading segments of literary fiction (but not popular fiction or nonfiction) immediately and significantly improved performance on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET), an advanced theory-of-mind test.

Once your kids can read easy books, start reading them hard ones, says reading expert Doug Lemov

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:21
There are multiple benefits to reading kids hard books, he argues. Some are obvious, like exposing them to more complex vocabulary. Some are less so, such as exposing them to more complicated sentences and more elaborate plot lines, which better prepares them for when they encounter those on their own further down the road.
From Once your kids can read easy books, start reading them hard ones, says reading expert Doug Lemov — Quartz

Majority of Americans are still reading print books | Pew Research Center

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:18
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A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats
From Majority of Americans are still reading print books | Pew Research Center

Reading Project - Take My Books Please

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 08:41
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Piles of books were left in high-traffic locations around NYC which were all taken and have now travelled to more than 30 countries as part of The Reading Project. Part-commentary on the way we live today and part-experiment, the project saw stacks of books accompanied only by a simple note that encouraged passers-by to take a book for free, read it and on completing the book, email me.
From Reading Project — MADE BY SHERRY